It’s showtime at Lambeth’s new pub The Hercules
Fuller's newest pub The Hercules opened its doors for the first time on 7 March and is bringing tradition back into Lambeth in Central London.
Named after the circus strongman Hercules, the pub brings the history surrounding the creation of the modern circus and Lambeth’s entertainment-rich past back into the spotlight, as well as craft beer, cask ale and contemporary British cuisine.
Bringing tradition back into Lambeth
Located on Kennington Road in Lambeth, The Hercules site has been home to many restaurants in recent years but has been restored to its former glory from 200 years ago, when it was a pub with the same name.
The Hercules Manager Liam Mckeown said The Hercules Taproom is a 21st Century take on the original pub that was established on-site in 1805 and is a short walk from where Astley’s Amphitheatre once stood – founded by Philip Astley, the father of the modern circus.
“The Hercules name was inspired by a Circus Strong Man. Strong Men were known for performing amazing feats of strength in the earliest Victorian circuses, and the décor of the pub is referential to the local history.”
The Hercules Taproom’s design is a nod to the circus theme – the walls are decorated with old pictures and promotional posters from London’s circuses during the height of their popularity.
“The Hercules has not been a local pub for some time, but locals still remember the venue before it became a restaurant that changed hands at least twice since the early 2000's,” Liam explained.
“The return of this building to a local pub and restaurant will be of significant interest to locals and offer another location for tourists to come and enjoy a traditional pub within walking distance of major tourist attractions, including the Imperial War Museum and Lower Marsh Market.”
The Hercules Taproom today.
The Hercules building when it was home to a Chinese restaurant, Yao Fu, in the 2000s.
The Hercules Taproom while it was under construction.
Jonathon Swaine, Managing Director of Fuller’s Inns, said:
“I’m over the moon about this exciting addition to the Fuller’s estate. The building and area have a fascinating history and heritage – much like Fuller’s – so, it’s a perfect fit in our rich portfolio of managed pubs.
“We really wanted to pay homage to the grand circuses Lambeth became famous for in the late 18th Century – while remaining modern and forward-thinking with the beer and food offer available.
“The result is a brilliant combination of old and new – The Hercules is a destination for craft beer lovers and fans of top-quality food, who will be able to enjoy exciting new brews plus fresh and tasty dishes while surrounded by memories from an iconic part of this area’s history.”
A peek inside The Hercules
A strong line-up of craft beer
The Hercules has its own craft beer taproom that features 19 beers on draught at a time, including a regular rotation of local and hard to find craft beer styles. They also have five rotating cask ales, making The Hercules a beer-lovers paradise.
For those looking for other tipples, The Hercules has every other drink imaginable, including local and international wines, artisan spirits, expertly mixed cocktails, mocktails and non-alcoholic drinks. View The Hercules drinks menu here.
The spacious ground floor boasts a bar and dining area – the dining space is an open floor plan, plus a cosy cubbyhole with a fire. Upstairs is another, slightly cosier bar – which will be available for private hire. The centre piece of this room is a full-length shuffleboard table, available to hire by the hour.
On the menu at The Hercules
The kitchen will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner – offering a delicious selection of main dishes and bar snacks, plus Sunday roasts.
The Hercules food menu is packed with crowd-pleasing British classics such as gourmet burgers and fish and chips, alongside international dishes including potato gnocchi and Asian BBQ short rib.
There’s also a great range of lighter dishes with vegan and vegetarian options, as well as an impressive bar snacks menu.
Close to London’s main attractions
The Hercules offers casual dining on Kennington Road in Lambeth, within walking distance of major London tourist attractions including the Imperial War Museum, the Lower Marsh Market, Westminster Bridge, the Coca-Cola London Eye and London Dungeon, and a short stroll from South Bank, Lambeth North and Waterloo Stations.
“The Hercules name was inspired by a Circus Strong Man, and the décor of the pub is referential to the local history," - Hercules Manager Liam Mckeown.
Visit The Hercules
The Hercules is now open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks at 2 Kennington Road, London, SE1 7BL.
Visit The Hercules website to find out more or to book a table.